Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS)

A. Purpose

The Master’s degree program in Intercultural Studies is for those who want to deepen their understanding of cross-cultural perspectives; analytical approach to the historical and contemporary issues in mission, ministry skills; and other opportunities in missions. It is designed to equip students to carry out mission tasks effectively and provide students with opportunities to serve anywhere around the globe for mission.

B. Objectives

Graduates of MAIS will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate how to integrate evangelism, community development, church planting, peace-making, contextual theology, and the urban mission.
  2. Utilize culturally and socially different perspectives in urban and global mission issues in terms of theology, anthropology, and sociology.
  3. Be able to review their respective ministries in missions and intercultural studies through academic excellence, critical reflection, and faithful witness.

C. Program Requirements

The students are required to complete successfully 48 credit hours, including mission project courses devoted to work on the mission field and one University Core course. In addition, the Master’s degree program requires Institutional Requirements, a total of 4 non-credits IRs for two years. The MAIS degree program can be completed in two years of full-time study. It must be completed within four years of matriculation into the program. Students will plan their course of studies with an advisor.

If Master’s degree students want to write a thesis or to complete a project as part of the MAIS program rather than taking a 3 credit hour course, then the students will select a topic in consultation with their advisor and then compose a thesis or project, which demonstrates skill in research, exposition, and interpretation. The thesis or project presents the results of graduate level research, presented in a publishable form. The thesis is traditionally presented in written format, while the project may be presented to include non-written, performance, or other non-traditional formats. Both the thesis and the project will demonstrate graduate level abilities to pursue research, with skill in investigation, assessment, and expression. Information on the MAIS Thesis and Project Guidelines are available upon request.